The Annie E. Casey Foundation: Helping vulnerable kids & families succeed

Juvenile Justice

The Case for Reducing Juvenile Incarceration: No Place for Kids

The Annie E. Casey Foundation's report, No Place for Kids: The Case for Reducing Juvenile Incarceration, assembles a vast array of juvenile crime statistics and other evidence to demonstrate that incarcerating kids doesn't work: Juvenile correctional facilities do not reduce future offending. Instead, they waste taxpayer dollars and frequently expose youth to dangerous and abusive conditions. This report also shows that many states have substantially reduced their juvenile correctional facility populations in recent years, and it finds that these states have seen no resulting increase in juvenile crime rates or violence. Finally, the report highlights successful reform efforts from several states and provides recommendations for how states can reduce juvenile incarceration rates and redesign their juvenile correctional systems to better serve young people and the public.

State-level data:

Download the Map of Recurring Maltreatment in Juvenile Correctional Facilities in the U.S. (2.17 KB)

Photographs courtesy of Richard Ross and Steve Liss
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